Louis Touton became Vice-President, Secretary, and General Counsel of ICANN on 1 November 1999. Prior to that time, he was with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue for eighteen years, first as an associate (1981-1988) and then as a partner (1989-1999) in its Los Angeles and Dallas offices. His practice at Jones Day focused on technology-related commercial litigation, prominently including patent litigation in the semiconductor and communication industries. During the last 18 months of his practice at Jones Day, he was a legal advisor in connection with the formation of ICANN, the registrar-accreditation and dispute-resolution policies, and the NSI/DOC/ICANN agreements. He is a member of the bars of Arizona, California, Texas, and Washington; is admitted to practice before nine U.S. federal courts; and is registered to handle patent matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Touton holds SB degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's departments of Mechanical Engineering (1977) and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (1977). He received his JD degree from Columbia Law School (1980), where he served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review and co-editor of the thirteenth edition of A Uniform System of Citation (1981). In 1980-1981, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Louis retired from ICANN's service June 2003.